Vikram Bajwa steps up as Surrey mayoral candidate

Published: June 27, 2014

Vikram Bajwa will run for Surrey mayor this fall. Submitted photo.

KRISTI ALEXANDRA
SURREY NOW

SURREY — British Columbia Peoples Party president Vikram Bajwa has stepped up as a mayoral candidate for the upcoming fall election, following Surrey First member Linda Hepner’s announcement on Wednesday.

Bajwa aims to create a full slate opposing Hepner’s Surrey First slate, with a campaign touting a “Fair Society.” His platform is in hopes of representing the city’s largely South Asian community, saying that Surrey First “has under-represented the multiculture of Surrey.”

The BCPP president hopes to gain support from both the provincial NDP and Liberal parties to oppose the Surrey First slate, which was also announced Wednesday.

“Surrey First has left no doubts on their credentials of supporting conservatives,” he said. “The bottom line here is to defeat the conservatives in Surrey.”

Bajwa also wants to see ex-Surrey First councillor Barinder Rasode team up with the BCCP slate. Rasode has not confirmed whether or not she will be running for mayor or councillor, but said she would not be joining Bajwa and his party.

Bajwa is a returning mayoral nominee, having first run for mayor in 2011 against incumbent Dianne Watts.

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